How do I change the password on a Mac?

To change your login password:

  • Choose Apple menu > System Preferences and click Users & Groups.

    Click Change Password.

  • Enter your current password in the Old Password field.

  • Enter your new password in the New Password field, and then enter it again in the Verify field.

    For help choosing a secure password, click the Key button next to the New Password field.

  • Enter a hint to help you remember the password. This hint appears if the wrong password is entered three consecutive times in the login window.

  • Click Change Password.

To reset another user’s login password:

  • Log in to the computer using an administrator name and password.

  • Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, and click Users & Groups.

  • Click the lock icon to unlock it, and then enter your administrator name and password.

  • Select the account whose password you want to change.

  • Click Reset Password.

  • Enter your new password in the New Password field, and then enter it again in the Verify field.

    For help choosing a secure password, click the Key button next to the New Password field.

  • Enter a hint to help you remember the password. This hit appears if the wrong password is entered three consecutive times in the login window.

  • Click Reset Password.

Important: After changing or resetting a password, open Keychain Access and change the “login” keychain to match the new login password. This unlocks the keychain when you log in. For more information, see: Changing your keychain password

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Article ID: 90188
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Wed 10/23/19 12:49 PM
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Wed 11/11/20 11:38 AM